Acapulco | Zverev hit hard for unsportsmanlike behaviour

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Alexander Zverev was fined $40,000 by the ATP and will forfeit all the prize money earned in Acapulco as well as all ranking points gained at the Mexican Open for his violent outburst which included striking the umpire’s chair with his racket, several times after losing his doubles match.

In addition to those penalties, the ATP announced Thursday it would undertake “a further review of the incident.”

Zverev, the reigning Olympic champion and the 2020 U.S. Open runner-up, is currently ranked World No. 3 and was the defending singles champion in Acapulco.

Following the incident which not only involved racket strikes, but a tirade of obscenity’s levelled at the umpire, Alessandro Germani, the 24-year-old German was kicked out of the tournament.

Zverev and partner Marcelo Melo had just lost a doubles match to Britain’s Lloyd Glasspool and Finn Harri Heliovaara.

Just before the match ended, Germani gave Zverev a code violation for yelling and swearing while arguing about a shot that was ruled in, setting up match point.

The ATP said Zverev was fined $20,000 each for verbal abuse and unsportsmanlike conduct, the maximum penalty for each violation.

He also loses his full prize money for singles and doubles amounting to $31,570 and all rankings points earned at the tournament.

In October, the ATP opened an investigation into a former girlfriend’s accusations of domestic abuse by Zverevwhich she first raised in 2020.

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